- Duration (years): 1.5 Years (3 Semesters)
- Qualification Awarded: Master of Laws (LLM)
- Level of Qualification: Master Degree (2nd Cycle)
- Language of Instruction: Greek
- Mode of Study: Distance Learning
- Minimum ECTS Credits: 90
Profile of the Programme
Aims and objectives of the programme are to:
provide students with the opportunity for specialization in two particular fields of legal science, (a) European Business Law and (b) Human Rights and Social Justice, both at a theoretical and at a practical level. It provides postgraduate education to holders of a Bachelor in Law or of some other relevant Bachelor (Political Science, European Politics, IR, Economics etc.) Ιt mainly, but not exclusively, addresses itself to individuals who work or intend to do so in fields relevant to legal science (lawyers, judges, legal consultants or in general employees of companies and of other private sector entities or organizations, members of the public service or of some other public or semi-public agency or organization, members of non-governmental organizations, diplomats etc.)
It is expected that the programme will provide its graduates with additional qualifications and that it will enhance their cognitive as well as their managerial capacities when dealing with issues relevant to Law; this will help them enrich their career opportunities. Graduates of the programme also have the opportunity to pursue further studies at a PhD level.
The programme particularly highlights special legal issues that are of great theoretical and practical importance, encouraging a comparative approach to legal science, within the contemporary European context. Provisions of national law are being taken in close co-examination with European law, with the aim of confronting contemporary problems and challenges in a theoretically informed, while practically efficient, way.
The main academic aims of the programme are:
(a) the deepening of knowledge in specialized fields of legal science with theoretical and practical importance, as well as (b) the broadening of the understanding of legal science and of its implementation in a comparative European and International context. The programme explores the function of national law and its interrelation with European and International Law. The methods of interpretation and of the application of law are analyzed in a practical context, while emphasis is given both to the theoretical parameters and practical implementation, with an overall view to enhancing the capacity of students to confront current challenges and problems, especially those they may be encountered in the European and International environment, either in the field of commerce and entrepreneurship, or in the field of human rights and social justice.
Students are given the opportunity to engage in academic research and the application of legal practices and models, gaining a well-founded specialization in legal fields of particular importance.
It is noted that the Law School has been offering with great success a conventional classroom-based LLM in Law with specialization in the aforementioned fields (a. European Business Law and b. Human Rights and Social Justice) since 2013.
The Programme mainly, but not exclusively, addresses itself to individuals who work or intend to do so in fields relevant to legal science: lawyers, judges, legal consultants or in general employees of companies and of other private sector entities or organizations, members of the public service or of some other public or semi-public agency or organization, members of non-governmental organizations, diplomats etc.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates of the programme can be accepted into Third Cycle degrees (Doctorate Degree)
The programme admits students in the Fall and Spring semesters. Applications for admission to the programme will be considered only from candidates that fulfil the minimum entrance criteria as described below:
- Prospective students should be holders of a Bachelor degree in Law or in another relevant field
- Two recommendation letters and a letter by the prospective student expressing his/her interest in following the programme, sketching out his/her research profile and mentioning his/her expectations from the programme, regarding his/her personal development and professional perspectives.
- Students satisfy the English language requirements if their first degree was taught in English. Otherwise, they would need to present an average TOEFL score of 500, GCSE “O” Level with minimum “C” or IELTS with a score of an average 5.5-6, or a score placement at the ENGL-100 level of the University English Placement Test. The University offers English courses at various levels to help students reach the required standard for admission to a graduate programme.
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid-terms, projects etc.
Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.
The student must complete 90 ECTS and all programme requirements.
A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required.
Upon successful completion of this programme, the students should be able to:
- Develop knowledge of basic concepts, principles, notions, theories, and models and apply them in special contexts within the cognitive field of legal science.
- Develop specific theoretical schemes and models, related to the content and to the particular objects of the cognitive field.
- Combine theoretical and empirical knowledge, so as to be able to tackle simple or complex issues that arise in professional areas of interest.
- Analyze and evaluate issues, problems, and proposals in specific areas of law (normative and empirical approach).
- Evaluate procedures that aim at confronting problems in the field of legal science.
- Identify priority issues, which deserve analysis and evaluation at national, European or international level.
- Develop their own specific theories on which to base interdisciplinary and methodological approaches to specific issues and problems.
- Conduct independent research and combine the methodological and cognitive tools of legal science in an interdisciplinary manner, in order to deliver innovative approaches and proposals.
- Implement necessary analytical and communication skills required in order to engage in professional fields of interest, either on a national or international level.
- Develop managerial skills in accordance with the requirements of the legal profession.
- Utilize the necessary supplies and the associated culture in the pursuit of continuous improvement of their individual skills and competencies after the completion of their studies.
Scholarships - Financial Aid
The University offers scholarships and financial aid to full-time students, in the form of academic merit scholarships, financial-aid assistance, athletic scholarships, and on-campus work-study programmes.
About the School
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